Samples of the cute animal origami we made.
Photo Courtesy of Carmela Abella

This month’s Playdate is Origami.

You know those moments when you get so bored that even the all-knowing internet fails to amuse you anymore?

Then maybe it’s time you get off your desk, unplug your computer, and go back to basics – and by that we mean go back to traditional sources of entertainment – like origami, for example.

What is Origami?

If you’re not familiar with origami, origami is the popular Japanese art of paper folding. It is still disputed whether the art of paper folding is actually Japanese in origin since there have been earlier references to paper folding in China, known to Chinese speakers as “Zhe Zhi,” not to mention that modern paper itself was invented in China and was just later introduced by Buddhists monks during their travels in Japan, but it is a widely recognized that the art of paper folding started to gain international attention after a book on how to fold origami models was compiled by Akira Yoshizawa in 1954.

How do you do origami?

The appeal of origami mainly lies on its simplicity and the large number of designs that you can make with just a piece of paper. Yup, that’s right – just a piece of paper — and an optional pair of scissors if you want.

What kind of design you’re going to used would depend on your experience and the amount of time and effort you’re willing to put in, but since we have a t-shirt business on the site, we thought it would be fun if we’ll try some clothing-related designs.

Origami Designs

We found a great site that offers plenty of tutorials on clothing-related designs, but since we’re no experts at this, we started with the simpler ones first like this t-shirt design first.

The t-shirt design was fun to make, but an outfit would not be complete if there won’t be no skirt to match the top, and so we made this skirt:

We already have a top and a skirt, so we decided to move on to a one-piece outfit, and since we’re doing origami, we thought we shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to make something Japanese such as a yukata.

We’ve already done three kinds of clothes at this point, two more than what we originally planned to, but we had more fun than we expected that the team requested to make one last design before we wrap things up. This time, we chose a rabbit design with clothes.

Pretty cute, huh?

We wanted to try a couple more designs after this one but we ran out of time, so we had to save them for next time. Anyways, if you have more time than us, why don’t you check out their list of other designs and try them for yourself?

Happy folding! (^_^)


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